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Daily Devotions with Pastor Chuck

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Our text for the day comes from the Psalms,

  • The LORD (Yaweh) is near to all who call upon Him, to all that call upon Him in truth. (Psalm 145:18 – NKJV)

We know that there are those who think there is no God. Then there are also those who think that God is far off, far removed from His creation, from  mankind. The Deist believes “in a God who created the universe and then abandoned it.” Deism believes that God “abandoned (His creation), assuming no control over life, exerting no influence on natural phenomena, and giving no supernatural revelation” (The American Heritage Dictionary Of The English Language). It is argued that many of our country’s founding fathers were deists.
These deists would be those that are in opposition to the Scriptures, opposing the “truth.” For in our text the Holy Spirit tells us that within the sphere of “truth,” God “is near.” He is “near to all who call upon Him . . . near . . . to all who call upon Him in truth.” To those of us who are in Christ, we know that Jesus is “the truth” (John 14:6), and we know that the Bible is “the truth” (John 17:17). The psalmist writes,

  • “You are near, O LORD, and all Your commandments are truth.” (Psalm 119:151 – NKJV)

 As we know Christ as Lord and Savior, as we embrace the Word of God and its revelation to us, we know that we have a God who “is near,” that He is close by to those who “call upon Him.” 
Be encouraged brethren that we have such a God. I have a sense of sorrow for the deist, for they are of the mind that everything depends on them in this life, in this world. They believe that basically , they are on their own. 
But the “truth” says of our God that He, 

  • “. . . is near to all who call upon Him, to all that call upon Him in truth”

May we who are His “call upon Him” frequently within the day that He so graciously gives us, and may we be assured by the Word of “truth” that when we “call” He “is near.”
Have a good day brethren . . . and as you walk know from God’s truth that He is near to those who call upon His name

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